How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

With the kids out of school for the summer, perhaps you are considering heading out on a road trip for some summer fun. However, before you go, here are a few tips on how to best prepare your car for a road trip and make sure everything is in order.

  • Clean out your car. Take everything out of your car—the old juice boxes, forgotten toys, crumb-covered books, and anything else taking up space. Give it a thorough vacuum to clean up all the dirt and crumbs and start with a clean slate. Then, only place what is absolutely essential back in your car.
  • Add some activities for the kids. Allocate some toys, books, and other activities as “car toys.” These toys stay in the car. Avoid letting your kids bring “house toys” on the road to help keep things organized.
  • Add organization tools. Get some backseat organizers—bags that strap onto the seat in front to hold all of the kids’ goodies. You can also add some “grown-up” things like an umbrella, flashlight, and ice scraper.
  • Keep supplies on hand. You know that giant pile of napkins you get when you get some take-out? Keep a large zip-top bag in your glove compartment and put the napkins in it. As a parent, you know these will come in handy. Add some plastic silverware and extra straws so you’re ready to eat on the go.
  • Have a place for trash. Whether you use an old grocery bag or something fancier like this leakproof car trash bag, make sure you have a place to put all your garbage. You’ll acquire a lot of it over the course of one day in the car.

Are you heading out on any road trips this summer? What do you do to keep your car organized and the kids happy on the road? Let us here at Bill Walsh Streator know.

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